toyota 4 runners

inkmonkey83
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Asked by inkmonkey83 Apr 25, 2010 at 01:32 PM about the 1992 Toyota 4Runner 2 Dr SR5 V6 4WD SUV

Question type: Shopping & Pricing

I have been wanting to purchase an early model to mid model 4 runner to play in the mountains with and take camping. But i have been told over and over to stay away from the 3.0 v6 motors. Does any one with experience with these motors have any suggestions for me????? I really love the 4 runners i now own an 89 Toyota toy 4x4 with a 22re i love these engines with the exception of the slow 4 cylinder but they hold up sooo well. plz help me with some suggestions.

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Justin Goolsby
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I have alot of experience with the 3.0 3VZ-E, it was in my '88 4runner, this truck and engine went through hell with me, it had 234,532 miles wen i got it, i put it through many mudholes that fullsize trucks with V8's couldnt get thru, this truck wouldnt get stuck unless the frame got bottemed out, alot of the mudholes were with slick tires, its been up many hillclimbs and has played on many mountains, this is the toughest V6 that i know of but on the other hand and prolly why every1 says to stay away from them, they are a bitch to work on, the engine is STUFFED under the hood and to fix 1 minor problem u have to take like 3 other parts off to get to wat u need to fix. I love this truck to death, alot of fun offroad memorys really fun just a pain in the ass to work on. i dont think ill ever get another 1 of the 3.0 3VZ-E v6's in a toyota, they to much to work on wen sumtin goes wrong, id still to the 2.4 22RE or just drop a 350 Chevy engine in it!!

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jgoods
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Justin, I just wrote this on our blog: http://www.cargurus.com/blog/2011/07/15/driving-from-puerto-escondido-to-oaxaca-150-miles-in-12-hours and I'll give your URL to my friend George to contact you. Maybe you have some ideas for him. Thanks! --jgoods

David Gross
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the V6 is just such a pain to work on. You can tear into a 22re in minutes if you ever need to.

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